On July 25th, it was announced that Anjali, Emilie, Marta, Pauline and Yike had all advanced to the online voting round of the selection process. As of today, the online voting has now officially closed, and KiKA will announce, in due course, which three acts will advance to the final round.
The three acts which make it to the final round will sing two songs each. They will be able to chose which two songs they would like to sing out of four already produced songs, which have been written especially for Junior Eurovision.
Speaking of these songs, Marko Thielemann, KiKa Project Manager, has said: The kids have to be up for these songs. We didn’t want to squeeze them into a template of two songs, we wanted to present them with a selection.” He goes on to say that the songs are “rather cheerful – from pop anthems to good-mood songs… it’s about friendship, solidarity and the need to just be the way you are.”
The show will take place on September 10th from 19:30 to 21:00 CET. It will be broadcast live on KiKA from the Central Club music and event hall in Erfurt. At the current time, the show is expected to go ahead with a live audience as the venue is big enough to accomodate social distancing in line with COVID-19 restrictions in Germany. Despite this, tickets will not go on sale. Instead, school children from the local area have been asked if they would like to attend the show.
Jessica Schöne, a German television presenter, will present the show for a second year running, and will be joined by German singer, Ben. There will be a jury panel consisting of Gabriel Kelly, a hip-hop artist and Selina Mour, an influencer and singer. However, they will not have any say in the results; they will merely provide commentary and tips on each performance. The winner will be decided by televote alone.
Germany and Junior Eurovision
Germany are the newest country to join Junior Eurovision, having made their debut at the 2020 contest in Warsaw, Poland. 13 year old Susan finished in 12th place with the song “Stronger With You.” Prior to this, Germany had initially planned to participate in the first two Junior Eurovision Song Contest’s in 2003 and 2004 before withdrawing. German broadcaster ZDF attended the 2014 contest, whilst NDR attended the 2019 contest.
Are you excited for “Junior ESC – Wer fährt nach Paris?” Which three acts do you think will make it to the final round? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!